Benchmark is a familiar term.
Chances are you’ve used it yourself. At the least, you’ve heard it in conversation with others.
Let’s look at benchmark in three different ways.
First, benchmark is a standard we can aspire to. It’s considered the best example of what we are going for, even if we (realistically) aren’t apt to reach it.
That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. That’s what the benchmark is there for.
Second, a bench mark (spelled with two words) is a permanent marker, often a concrete post, set into the ground to give us elevation and/or topographical information, such as north or south or a state line.
This is immutable information that rarely if ever changes. It is what it is.
Third, benchmark can be an action. We study a competitor’s practices or products in order to improve our own. We want to elevate ourselves to their level.
We set personal goals for ourselves based on what we see around us.
Psalm 55:22 says we can benchmark our hope in God.
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
First, we aspire to give him all our burdens. We may not achieve it perfectly every time, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.
Second, we can trust in God’s permanence. He is what he is, and in his goodness, he never changes.
Third, we must study God’s Word to learn how to elevate ourselves to his level. God’s goals for us must become our personal goals.
God sets his benchmark high. When we reach for him, he will help us along the way.
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